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Luke 14:25-33, Preparation for God's Work

Key Verse

Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
— Luke 14:27-30

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, September 8, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Jesus asks that we fully prepare ourselves for the ministry he has laid out for each of us.

Jesus was traveling the countryside preaching, teaching, healing, performing miracles, and casting out demons. But he did none of it until he had fully prepared himself for the task of ministry. He started his ministry with baptism, followed by 40 days of fasting, self-reflection, and temptations in the wilderness. Only after he had fully prepared his body, mind, and spirit, did he embark on his 3-year earthly ministry.

Jesus knew he was asking his followers to embark on a difficult journey. He warned them to be prepared in body, mind, and spirit for the task ahead. His words, though, sounded harsh and cold. “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

This is not about hating people. This is about taking an inventory of your gifts and challenges, so you know whether or not you are prepared to embark on the journey God has laid out for you. God’s work can be hard. Maybe the work God has called you to do requires patience and inner strength. Maybe it requires time and money. Maybe it requires humility or self-awareness. Before you accept the challenge, it might be prudent to take a self-inventory. Do you have what you need? Are you prepared for the task? Maybe you need to do some work before you have all that you need. What could you do to move yourself closer to doing God’s work?

Incidentally, you will never be completely prepared for every contingency. At some point you have to accept that you’re as ready as you can be, and jump in despite the bumps and bruises that you will get on the journey. It’s ok. Just go.

You’ll get what you need when you need it.


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